A HEARTBROKEN brother says his "life ended" when his sibling died being struck by a lorry.

Alan Gibbons welled up in tears as he spoke at Reading Crown Court at the sentencing of the driver yesterday.

Vincent Cassar was jailed yesterday for death by careless driving after colliding with cyclist Stephen Gibbons on August 4, 2018.

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Speaking outside the court after the sentencing, the victims brother spoke of his devastation 18 months on from Stephen's death.

He said: "Nobody feels good that he went to prison and it has taken a toll on the whole family.

"He will be out by next Christmas but we wont have Stephen for another one and it is something we will have to live with.

"It also hurts me not knowing how he felt at the time he died and this has changed my life. I pray that he died instantly."

As part of the sentencing, the court heard Alan, who broke down in tears as he took to the stand to read his own statement.

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Pictured above: Stephen Gibbons with his grandson and son Cory

He said: "I have not only lost one person but two people. I am on sleeping tablets since his accident, doctors has put me on anti-depressants and I am a different person and don’t enjoy life anymore. Sometimes I wish I could go to bed and not wake up. I have lost my brother, the boys lost their dad. "Stephen was my only brother, I loved him to bits.

“On August 4, everything changed our lives forever. I got a phone call to say he was killed and I had to go and tell my mother her son was killed and it was the hardest thing I had to do.

“We went to the hospital to see Stephen and say goodbye, something I will have to live with till the day I die.”